I read 13 books in January, and loved almost all of them! No need to bore you with all of my talking about books so let’s dive right into my complete list of books I finished in January, my ratings, and my thoughts!
The Wonder By: Emma Donoghue (2 Stars)
I listened to this book (Yes, I count audiobooks as reading books) and it was ok. I was obsessed with Room and so maybe my expectations were just too high for this book. It is about a young girl who claims she can survive without eating any food. People call her The Wonder and say she is a miracle. I am glad I read it, but it is not a book I will probably look at again.
I liked this book, but it didn’t wow me. That is the definition of my 3 star reviews. I am glad I read it. This book is about a 13 year old girl who is kidnapped from her home, only witnessed by her younger sister. The characters were flawed which made this book extremely realistic and easier to connect to. Overall a good book.
If you have not read this book yet, you MUST add it to your TBR pile. If you thought The Martian was awesome, wait until you get your hands on this book. This book is set on the moon where people live and tourism is a major trade. The book involves an epic heist and a kick-ass heroine.
This book literally just came out and I was blessed enough to be given an advanced reader copy. It is currently hard to find a good new adult book (think those you aren’t young adults but are in denial about being real adults, usually college age until about 30). The Key to Everything tackles relevant issues and is about two college best friends you go on a trip to Thailand before graduating college and going to graduate school.
Looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and think I can’t decide if this is the greatest thing ever or the weirdest then this is the book for you. It is emotional, hilarious, and tackles mental illness head on. I am obsessed with this book and would recommend it to literally anyone.
This was a hilarious modern writing of Pride & Prejudice. I really enjoyed reading it, though my affection for the book does not really go further than that. I do plan to read her other books though! And, maybe now I will get my act together and read the original version of Pride & Prejudice (don’t judge, I know that makes me a bad book nerd).
Something about the writing of this book did not connect with me as much as her book In A Dark Dark Wood did. I am not sure why but I just couldn’t quite get into it.
This book started out red hot for me. I was kind of obsessed with it in the beginning. Then it slowed down and eventually became very slow. This book was hard for me to rate because the first half would have been a 4 or 5 star but the end was more of a 1 or 2. I would definitely say you should give this book a chance!
I have a bit of history with this book. It has been sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years and I kept opening and closing it and just couldn’t get into it. Then I listened to the audiobook and it flipped this book completely inside out for me. Where I found reading the book overwhelming, the audiobook was clear. I fell in love with the writing and the characters and the storyline.
For some reason when I first heard about this book I was not the most intrigued. I don’t know why. BUT, I WAS SO WRONG. This book was amazing. The crazy thing is, I cannot pinpoint why it was so amazing, it just was. There was nothing seemingly extraordinary about this book, yet it was profound in a way that is hard to explain because it is so real.
If you are looking for your next adventure book, this is it! This is a zombie book, but it is also so much more than that. This book was about love and trust and adventure. Also there was blood and gore and everything zombies. Such a weird combo but it worked SO WELL.
If you want a historical novel you can lose yourself in, this is it. It was outstandingly written. From the accurate characters to the setting on the Hindenburg this book was as real as it gets without being true non-fiction, and it was AMAZING.
Another just mind blowing book I had the honor of reading this month. This book has been on my list for awhile and boy am I kicking myself for putting it off for so long! This book tackles an amazing time in American history, the crash of the stock market in 2009 and immigration all in one amazing book.
I had an awesome reading month in January and February is chalking up to be great as well!
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